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Local NHS looks over the past year of health care


The two NHS organisations responsible for designing and buying local healthcare services have been looking back over the past year and the improvements made.

Together NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Vale Royal CCG cover a population of 275,000 people, with the aim of providing high-quality care at the right place, at the right time and making the best use of resources.

Over the past year, the CCGs have focused on delivering this type of care for people in the community such as the Discharge to Assess programme which has made the process of patients leaving hospital much smoother.  The scheme has led to 25 per cent more people returning home, rather than going to another hospital bed.

In the CCGs' Annual Review 2018, which can be viewed on their websites, patients can also read about improvements in Learning Disabilities where there has been a 60 per cent reduction in the number of people being cared for in hospital, and are being looked after more appropriately in the community and in their own home.

Working in partnership with other local organisations, steps have been taken to support early diagnosis in regard to cancer, with South Cheshire and Vale Royal meeting all eight national waiting time standards.

Tracey Cole, Executive Director of Commissioning at the CCGs, said: "All of those achievements are really significant for our population across South Cheshire and Vale Royal.

“When people need the NHS, they’re often at their most vulnerable and so we do our best for patients and their families in their hour of need.

“The patient is at the heart of everything we do, and so these achievements show that we’re doing everything we can to commission the right services at the right time.

“There is still work to do and we have plans to continue developing on those achievements.”

The Annual Review 2018 also looks at the aims of both CCGs for 2018-2019, outlining plans for:

  • General Practice
  • Mental Health
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Women and Children
  • Maternity
  • Cancer and End of Life
  • Long Term Conditions and Frailty
  • Elective Care
  • Urgent Care.

These plans were all presented to members of the public at the recent Annual General Meeting held in Winsford earlier in September.